OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s National Public Radio affiliate, WRVO-FM, won the top award for radio journalism June 4 in the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association annual awards.
WRVO’s nine first-place awards for news, enterprise, feature and sports coverage, along with general excellence, brought it The Steve Flanders Memorial Award, which goes to the most decorated radio station regardless of staff or market size.
“To receive the grand prize for radio journalism in New York state, home to the largest media market in the country, is a huge achievement by any measure,” said Michael Ameigh, general manager of WRVO and assistant provost for budget and operations at SUNY Oswego. “It is the culmination of years of hard work by the WRVO news reporting and production team. The ideals it honors — excellence and innovation in broadcast journalism — are fundamental aspects of our mission.”
WRVO, a 50,000-watt public radio station whose retransmission partners extend its reach from the listening areas of Watertown to Norwich and from Geneva to Utica, won the following first-place awards in Radio Class 3:
* Best news special/documentary: “WRVO’s Community Forum — Helping Veterans,” a staff award.
* Best news series: “The Innovation Trail,” Ryan Morden
* Best interview: “Conversation with a Rape Survivor,” Jasmyn Belcher.
* Best spot news coverage: “Palermo Tornado,” Dave Bullard.
* Best continuing news coverage: “Fort Ontario Stays Quiet,” Bullard.
* Best enterprise reporting: “Customers Question Energy Supplier’s Marketing Tactics,” Belcher.
* Best feature: “New York’s Last Pheasant Farm,” Joyce Gramza.
* Best sports coverage: “Fighting New York’s Mixed Martial Arts Ban,” Belcher.
* General excellence in use of medium: “New York’s Last Pheasant Farm,” Gramza.
The station also won special mentions for news special/documentary with “Election Coverage,” a staff award; news series, “Global to Local: Immigration and Diaspora,” Mark Lavonier and Jessica Hester; spot news coverage, “Rest Stop Closures,” Gramza; continuing news coverage, “To Be a Muslim in Central New York,” Michael Benjamin; feature, “Living with Alzheimer’s Disease,” Belcher; sports, “Health Risks of Eating Too Much Local Fish,” Belcher; and general excellence in use of medium, “Fighting New York’s Mixed Martial Arts Ban,” Belcher.
WRVO’s retransmission partners include WRVN-FM in Utica-Rome, WRVJ-FM in Watertown and the North Country, WRVD-FM serving Syracuse and the university area, W214BR-FM in Geneva and part-time retransmitters WRCU-FM in Hamilton and WSUC-FM in Cortland. Listeners can also catch live streaming on the Web at wrvo.fm.
[Disclosure: WRVO Senior News Producer Dave Bullard is co-owner of and Fulton reporter for Oswego County Today.]